At New Life Support Psychology Services we welcome new clients to an initial assessment session. This session gives you time to explain what you would like to achieve in therapy. You have the opportunity to decide if you want to continue with the psychologist or like a referral to somebody else. For us, YOU are important.
We offer a range of effective therapies and other services, all designed to help you through your personal issues. At all times confidentiality and respect for your individual values, beliefs and culture are paramount.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a therapy concerned with the relationship between thoughts/beliefs (cognitions) and behaviour. It suggests that the way you think about an event is responsible for how you feel about that event. CBT also suggests that the way you feel is dependent on what you do (behaviour). The aim of therapy is to develop an understanding of the problem and what thoughts and behaviours trigger and maintain the problem; then to develop skills and techniques for dealing with the thoughts and behaviours in realistic, rational and helpful ways.
The therapy is structured and active, meaning that the sessions run to an agenda and involve work and homework on your part. This may involve keeping a diary of thoughts, feelings and behaviours, or conducting a task to test out the validity of a particular belief.
Dr. Cecile uses a combination of play and talk-therapy, active family system involvement and cognitive behavioral interventions.
Couples counselling is an opportunity to examine what may be troubling you and your partner, giving you both a chance to work together to look at how the past, current issues and potential or future changes may impact the relationship. The aim is also to increase self-awareness, enabling you both to make informed choices about your lives.
We work with couples to enhance communication and understanding of each other. Understanding ourselves and others can lead to a reduction in stress and conflict in all our relationships; not just intimate ones, but those with our wider family, friends and work colleagues.
Psychodynamic and person-centred therapy
Everyone has an unconscious mind and feelings held in the unconscious mind are often too painful to be faced. We consciously or unconsciously create defenses to protect us from knowing about these painful feelings. In psychodynamic therapy, we work with the unconscious processes as they are shown in the client’s present behaviour. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behaviour.
In its brief form, a psychodynamic approach enables the client to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from early and past relationships – once you are aware of what is really going on in your mind, the feelings will not be as painful and change behavioural patterns if you like.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
SFBT is goal-directed and aims to change a behaviour within a short period of time. During SFBT sessions, you can expect a series of precisely constructed questions that address issues about what you want to achieve, without a focus on the past.
These sessions are present- and future-oriented and are ideal for Employment Assistance Programmes (EAP).
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, commitment and behaviour change strategies to increase psychological flexibility. By developing appropriate skills you can accept and clarify these personal events and commit to changing future behaviour in order to have a better life.
The core processes include:
Connection – connecting with the present moment, being in the now and embracing what is happening right now.
Defusion – learning to detach yourself from unhelpful thoughts, worries and memories and to let them come and go without them having a negative impact on your life.
Expansion/Acceptance – making room for painful feelings and sensations rather than trying to suppress them and allowing the painful thoughts just to sit there without getting caught up or overwhelmed by them.
The Observing Self – this is the part of the mind that is aware of what you are thinking or feeling or doing at any moment. This is the part of each individual that is necessary in order to develop mindfulness skills, which can help you to access this part of the mind.
Values – thinking about what you want your life to be about, your beliefs and what you want to do with your life.
Committed Action – taking action guided by your values.
Mindfulness is a state that is achieved by focusing in on the here and now, acknowledging thoughts, feelings and sensations in a non-judgmental way.
Mindfulness can lead to a reduction in stress, an increased ability to focus, a reduction in emotional reactivity, improved relationship satisfaction and improved cognitive flexibility.
Narrative therapy works on the premise that “The problem is the problem; the person is not the problem”. It is a collaborative, non-blaming approach and focuses on solutions, strengths and abilities to alleviate psychological distress and promote healthy functioning.
Through the telling of stories new realities are shaped.
“This is my life…my story…my book. I am ready to edit my future…chapters I am writing now…
Children, teenagers and their families can encounter a whole range of behavioural and emotional problems, which can benefit from professional support.
We provide a high quality therapy service to assist in easing psychological distress and promoting emotional well-being in children ranging from preschool to late teens/young adults and their families. Our work involves one-to-one sessions with children or young people; sessions where parents attend with their child/children; and family sessions.
There are many advantages to online therapy, as opposed to face-to-face sessions.
*You are not limited to who is near you; * It will save you time and money as you won’t have to travel; * You can see your therapist in familiar surroundings as long as you have a quiet space and a good internet connection.
If you feel that this may be the right approach for you, please get in touch with us by telephone or book online to schedule your first telephone therapy, Skype or face-time session now.
Therapy via Skype may not be appropriate for anyone who is experiencing crisis, very severe mental health difficulties or clients with suicidal ideation or self-harming behaviours.
Te Whare Tapa Wha therapy model
This Maori model illustrates the four dimensions of Maori well-being and direct intervention. Should one of the four dimensions be missing or in some way damaged, a person or a collective may become subsequently unwell and may present with mental health issues.
Eye Movement Integration (EMI)
Eye Movement Integration (EMI) is a brief therapy technique that is effective in treating post-traumatic stress, anxiety and phobias. EMI interrupts the patterns that were established as a result of a traumatic event and allows the brain to reprocess the event without its traumatic aspects. The changes achieved are often dramatic.